All previous iterations of the iPhone are essentially variations of the original iPhone with small additions made every year. Evolution has not really occurred in the smartphone business since that original iPhone. The iPhone 5S is sadly no different, at least from the visual aspect. Does the iPhone 5S compensate for any of this in anyway? Find out in the full review after the break!
Before I dive deeper into the review let us get the elephant in the room out of the way. The biggest feature upgrade from an external aspect is the fingerprint reader. I will say that Apple has nailed this hardware feature. It performed flawlessly in execution allowing for various fingerprint angles and details to be registered. This way you do not have to perfectly position your finger to unlock your iPhone 5S. The registration process for your fingerprint is painless and once registered you can add additional finger profiles so your thumb is not the only thing that can unlock the phone. It is probably the best example of how fingerprint reader access should be implemented across any smartphone on the market today.
Now that we have gotten that out of the way let us start mentioning all the other feature additions on the external portion of the iPhone 5S. The flash of the iPhone 5S has been improved allowing for two different color temperature flashes. This provides a more versatile flash that corrects for environment issues that may cause issues with color rendition after photographs. The flash does seem more powerful than the previous iPhone 5 but that most likely is due to the addition of the extra flash.
The camera boasts an increased available pixel capture area and an f2.2 vs the f2.4 of the previous generation. In our experience the camera photos taken look amazing, but on the surface the photos will look similar to that of photos taken with the previous generation iPhone 5.
Other than the above mentioned feature additions the iPhone 5S still has the scratch resistant screen, and build quality. The only other true advancements made to the iPhone 5S is the internal hardware, the biggest being an A7 and M7 processor. New 64 bit support architecture allows for the introduction of 64 bit applications and gaming performance improvements. Gaming feels a bit smoother and runs flawlessly without any hiccups.
Aesthetics did change slightly with the addition of a Gold version of the iPhone 5S and some slight changes made to the trim (that darn high gloss trim is back but luckily not as scratch prone as the chrome from some of the previous generations of the iPhone).
Overall the iPhone 5S made some great additions that will allow users to enjoy passcode free logins into their phone and better photographs. The new 64 bit support will open a door to more and more 64 bit applications for users (hopefully allowing them to weather the upgrade storm next time around). But echoing what most users will say, it is definitely an improvement over the previous generation but not the innovation much of us expect from Apple.